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The resurgence of independent bookstores in the U.S.

Tammy Heupel (l.) sits with her son, Johann, and Annie Philbrick, owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Conn. This is the cover story in the Mar. 18 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly.(Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor) Last October, when superstorm Sandy ripped through Connecticut…  …

Top UK newspaper groups threaten to boycott government regulator

Owners of Sun, Telegraph and Daily Mail say they may set up own watchdog if government opts for statutory underpinning Three of the country’s biggest newspaper groups, including the owners of the Daily Mail and the Sun, are threatening to boycott the government and set up their own regulatory body…

‘The Hoff’ battles Berlin property developers to preserve last remnant of the wall

The Hoff returns to Germany’s capital to battle property developers looking to tear down final fragment of wall Despite being celebrated for the righteous war he and his robotic car waged on criminals, for his selfless, slow-motion patrols of the beaches of Los Angeles – not to mention the hard-won…

New Chinese premier Li Keqiang demands that U.S. end hacking allegations

As US firms allege they are increasingly targeted by Beijing-based hackers, Li counters China itself has been hacked Newly installed Chinese premier Li Keqiang has called on both Washington and Beijing to put an end to “groundless accusations” regarding the hacking of each others’ computer systems. Speaking at the close…

Steubenville residents reflect on town’s demise: Football was city’s one bright light

In Steubenville, a small, struggling former steel town on the bank of the Ohio River, the last five days of an excruciating rape trial and the months leading up to it have been racked with angst and division. But at issue for many residents was not the specifics of the…

Israel to pressure Obama on air strikes against Syria

Israel will use President Obama’s visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syrian missiles if there is evidence that they are being to handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to stop…

Rep. Mike Rogers: North Korean missile can reach U.S.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has a ballistic missile that could hit the United States, the leading lawmaker on the US House of Representatives intelligence committee warned Sunday. Congressman Mike Rogers also raised concern that North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-Un is trying to prove himself to his military and that Washington…

Researchers explore positive social and cognitive effects of video games

Even as videogames come under scrutiny for potential harmful impacts, researchers and developers are touting digital games for positive effects on health, learning and other social goals. The immersive power of games is being used to encourage kids to develop healthy eating, help seniors maintain brain functions and even to…

Thousands of Venezuelans flock to Chavez’s new tomb

Thousands of emotional supporters waited and wept after making a pilgrimage to the new tomb of former president Hugo Chavez, the face and leader of Latin America’s left for over a decade. More than 10 days after his death from cancer, the remains of Chavez who was 58, are now…

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray for him

Pope Francis appeared before some 150,000 pilgrims massed in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for his first Angelus prayer and asked the faithful to pray for him. “Thank you for your welcome, and for your prayers,” the first pope from Latin America said from a window of the papal apartment…

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